Fwd: Fw: Sun Microsystems Laboratories releases an open source speech synthesizer
tony at baechler.net
Thu Dec 20 02:14:03 EST 2001
Hello. Basically, for those who do not want to read, this is a speech
synthesizer in Java. Could this work with Speakup?
>Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 6:01 PM
>Subject: FWD: Sun Microsystems Laboratories releases an open source
>Attached is an announcement from my colleague Willie Walker of the Sun
>Speech Group of the availability of FreeTTS, a speech synthesis engine
>written in the Java(tm) programming language and released under a
>Sun Accessibility team
>-------- Original Message --------
>From: Willie Walker <william.walker at sun.com>
>Subject: Sun Microsystems Laboratories releases an open source speech
>It is my pleasure to announce that the Sun Microsystems Laboratories
>Speech Group has made its FreeTTS (http://freetts.sourceforge.net/)
>speech synthesis engine available via open source through a BSD-style
>license. The engine is written entirely in the Java(tm) programming
>language and provides partial support for the synthesis portion
>of the Java Speech API 1.0 specification.
>You can read more about this project in an article on
>An excerpt from the article is as follows:
> "Researchers from Sun Microsystems Laboratories in Burlington,
> Massachusetts have created an open source speech synthesis engine
> written entirely in the Java(tm) programming language. This
> high-performance software converts text to speech. You type it;
> your workstation speaks it. And the whole world benefits.
> Willie Walker, Paul Lamere, and Philip Kwok combined the Festival
> Speech Synthesis System, with its robust architecture, and the Flite
> engine, with its succinct algorithms, to create FreeTTS, a
> that delivers both power and flexibility.
> The team ported Flite, programmed in C, and Festival, written in C++
> and Scheme, to the Java programming language. FreeTTS generated
> intelligible speech four weeks after researchers wrote the first line
> of code. But even with such a short development time, the team did
> compromise results. FreeTTS outperforms both original applications,
> executing nearly four times faster than Flite in some environments."
>For the Sun Labs Speech Group,
>Manager and Principal Investigator
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